Here is one of my favorite appetizers. An extremely easy, delectable, vegetarian dish. I’ve made it so many times for all my friends and family that it’s almost my signature dish!
2 cups black eyed peas, cooked (canned works equally as well)
Blackeyed peas : Also known as Lobia or Chowli in Hindi or Karamani in Tamil( depending on what indian store you have nearby!)
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cumin powder
1 teaspoon coriander powder (dhaniya powder)
3 green chillies finely chopped
2 teaspoons melted butter
1 medium red onion, finely chopped (preferably minced or grated)
1 tablespoon coriander leaves (Cilantro)
1/2 cup all-purpose flour (substitute option : Rice flour)
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
Mash the cooked peas in a large mixing bowl. Add the onion, green chillies, cumin and coriander powders, melted buetter, salt, coriander leaves and mix well. Now add the all-purpose flour, baking soda and baking powder mix and shape into the size of a golf ball.
You can keep the golf ball shape or flatten it and make into a disc/burger patty of kinds depending on the presentation. You can shape into flat dics and use it as a great burger patty and serve it in between burger buns with coriander/mint cutney slathered on both buns with some raw onions and tomato salad on top. Or serve the golf ball shape with some coriander/mint chutney.
You can deepfry or shallowfry(pan fry) this dish depending on how you like it.
Deep frying :
In a large, deep frying pan, heat about 1/2-inch of oil to 350 degrees F*. Once the oil is heated right, keep the heat at medium-high to medium. Carefully add the balls/patties to the hot oil and fry until golden on 1 side. Carefully turn the fritters over and continue frying until golden on the second side and cooked through in the middle. Remove and drain on paper towels and serve with a lemon wedge.
Pan frying/Shallow Frying :
In this method of cooking, flat patties are the only way to go. Make about 1/2 inch thin patties (thick ones will take longer to cook). Take a flat pan heat it on medium-high for 3 minutes. Spray with non-stick cooking spray and place the patties (2 or 3 at a time depending on the size of your pan). Spoon in some oil (vegetable or canola) around the patties. Let it cook on one side for 5 minutes or until golden brown. Turn it over and repeat same for the other side. Remove and drain on paper towel and serve with a wedge of lemon.
*Oil temperature : Don’t have a fancy thermometer that reads temeprature of oil? me neither! The simplest way to know if your oil is ready to fry up these fritters is: when the oil is heating, use the backside of any wooden spoon/spatula and insert it in the oil. You will notice that when the oil is hot enough, it was start bubbling around the wooden spoon in the oil.